So Many Headaches…

Pardon me while I vent. What a freakin’ day it’s been around here. I’ve had all sorts of physical issues the past couple days that I won’t get into other than to say, I’m sick of it. Literally.

As if the constant throb of a headache wasn’t enough to make me lose my mind, I discovered late last night that my Western Digital 1TB “MyBook” was DOA. This wouldn’t be such a huge issue if I had not just had hard drive issues with two other drives about three weeks ago.

The other troubles began when we had a nice cold snap and things froze. When things freeze way out here, the power lines have trouble delivering that one thing that all computers (and hard drives, ironically) require. Yes, the power kept blacking out and surging from time to time.

I have a couple battery backups and surge protectors on all my equipment, but these hard drives were pretty well used (and old). It wasn’t really a surprise when they died, other than the fact that I hadn’t run a backup for a couple weeks so the crash really stung.

I ran Spinrite (the best disk recovery solution in the entire universe) and was able to recover some data, but the drives were toast. As I recovered data I copied it to the MyBook. (sigh)

Is it all becoming clear now? The MyBook used to be my backup for the other drives. They died, I moved data, and now the MyBook died. All I can say is, WTF?!?

Because it was so late last night when I discovered the death of drive, I decided to unplug it and wait until this morning to deal with it.

I woke up in such a good mood. I sat up from the bed and realized my head wasn’t pounding, at least not at that moment. I grabbed my iPhone (which I use to listen to podcasts as I go to sleep each night), and I walked to the living room. That’s when I realized this day was not going to be filled with sunshine and puppies and my day went downhill. There sat my dead drive.

I started pricing SATA cards, so I could plug the drive directly into the PC and run Spinrite, when I remembered my PC used SATA controllers already. WHEW. Needless to day, it’s been over 14 hours, and Spinrite is still running. I am patient. If anything can save the data on that drive, Spinrite can.

Tomorrow’s a new day, and hopefully it won’t be filled with so many headaches.

Then more trouble began brewing.

2 thoughts on “So Many Headaches…

  1. Recently I had a Seagate external drive die on me that was less than six months old. needless to say they were not on my priority list to buy another. Your only as good as your last product. As a result, I ended up with a Hitachi that was on sale.

    Although all companies go through a line of bad stuff, it sure is a pain. It seems quality control is thin at times. Ever read Neweggs reviews on dead drives, etc.?

    Especially a “backup” type drive which IMHO sure be of better quality since people are relying on it.

    Best of luck to you on recovering your data.

  2. Spinrite is still running on the disk, and it is actually reading data and moving forward, albeit slowly. I am still holding out hope I can recover some (if not most) of the data from the drive.


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